Senior Staff

Lucia Baldock

Lucia Baldock

Building Manager
H-17 (Office)

Lucia is responsible for the physical maintenance of the House and for improvement of all House facilities. Minor maintenance requests-such as repairs of leaky faucets, defective lights, or faulty locks-should be reported to her office. The Building Manager issues key cards and keys for all entries, suites, and House facilities. Lucia is eager to help students in any way she can and welcomes questions and suggestions about Kirkland House.

Visit the Building Info tab of this site for information.

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Professional headshot of Dean Rith-Najarian

Leslie Rith-Najarian, PhD (she/her/hers)

Allston Burr Resident Dean, Kirkland House and Assistant Dean of Harvard College

As your Resident Dean...

I am so excited to be joining Kirkland House! Harvard first became my home when I was undergraduate in 2008, and it is an honor to continue serving this community. After completing a PhD in clinical psychology at UCLA, I returned to the Harvard Psychology Department in 2019 as a postdoctoral researcher and instructor. My approach to advising students focuses on empowering each student through their unique strengths, goals, and values.

Along with Kirkland House’s Academic Coordinator, Linda, I am here to support your academic and personal welfare at Harvard.  My door is open to all. You can sign up for a time during my support hours here (options for in-person or Zoom).

More about me...

My academic research aims to develop mental health interventions for young people, with a focus on accessibility and underserved populations. Example interventions include an online stress management program for university students, and a primary care screening program for adolescents with recent trauma. Complimenting my research, I worked as a clinician at a high school and at the UCLA Counseling Center. I am currently a licensed psychologist in Massachusetts, with a specialty in anxiety disorders, mood disorders, substance use, and crisis management. I will also be teaching as lecturer in the Psychology Department, with planned course topics including: technology and mental health, evidence-based treatments, and the psychology of culture and identity.

Practicing what I preach, self-care is crucial. Having grown up in northern Minnesota, I love the outdoors. I am an avid rock climber along with my spouse, Eric (he/him), and we enjoy taking our senior dog, Zwiebel (“onion” in German), on hikes. My other hobbies include cooking (especially vegan, Armenian, and German food), board games, and planning elaborate pranks.

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Linda Thomas

Linda Thomas (she/her/hers)

Academic Coordinator

Hello Kirkland! As Kirkland’s Academic Coordinator, I manage student records including letters of recommendation and assist with academic questions for the Registrar or Ad Board. I’ve been working at Harvard since 2014 and came to Kirkland in the fall of 2020. Before Harvard, I worked in academic journal publishing and teaching English to adult immigrant and refugee students in various non-profit community programs around Boston and Lawrence. In my free time, I enjoy reading, spending time with family, and going on hikes in local state parks.

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Amie Vallerie (she/her/hers)

House Administrator
H-13 (Office)

I plan House events, run the housing lottery, manage the budget, and work closely with the Tutors to support our students. My office is under the Kirkland archway in H-Entry. Visitors are always welcome!

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